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Riki and Pal where there when we arrived to help us settle in and answer any questions that we had.
The reservation was canceled 133 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
When we first booked Riki got back to us right away and was very responsive. We were so excited!! Several days prior to our visit, both my husband and I tried to reach Riki by email about the details of getting inside the unit and what to expect. We didn't hear back. Since several reviewers mentioned that Riki or someone else who could help was on site, we didn't worry too much. We arrived near dark and the front door and side doors were locked. There is a huge for sale sign that greeted us and no note with info or a contact person in case we had questions or needed help. We went around trying to find neighbors, and a key box, and after some trial and error, we managed to locate a neighbor who said they hadn't seen him for at least 5 days. We left a note and went to dinner, and tried to reach Airbnb for ideas of what to do. Through them (thank you to Randall!) we discovered we were staying upstairs around the back, an entrance which we didn't see in the dark. The stairs were very dark but the light came on on stair 5 or 6 and hooray!--the door was indeed open. No, we we didn't feel very welcome but we were expected. The home is gorgeous and unique and the beach is beautiful. All the people we met were incredibly nice and helpful. Riki has a great upstairs space, very open and eco-conscious. We met some cool people and I loved swimming in the mangroves down the way about 2 kilometers. The owners of that place are really nice, you just buy a drink and you can swim and kayak. There is not good lights in the casa for reading in the evening so we walked, listened to music and watched movies. Great porch for reading during the day and listening to the birds at sunrise. You can have simple meals there--there are some knives for cutting and basic utensils but no cutting board so do not plan on making anything elaborate. Only 1 roll of TP for 5 days, no paper towels. Our best meal was home made guacamole and fresh chips! The restaurants are pricey--excellent but definitely resort prices. Our favorite was Hartwood. The electricity was never on long enough to make coffee so we just poured water through the filter. There is hardly any water--only my husband showered and just to a trickle of cold, but we didn't mind so much because the ocean is warm. We felt a bit grimy after 4 nights of sea salt but we are used to camping so that wasn't so bad. The house is for sale--from our experience and the other reviews it is clear it requires lots of upkeep and would be better suited for someone who lives on site and just loves taking care of the place and having guests. Maybe that was true for Riki at one point...
We were 7 staying 8 nights a Casa Mui at New Years and had a great time staying there but there are several things to work on and things to be aware when booking.
The house is in a great location, right in the heart of Tulum with easy access to the beach and restaurants and bars.
The house is cute and spacious.
Wifi is good, some reviews commented that the wifi wasn't great but it matched the wifi in other venues on the island and is serviceable but not high speed.
We had a small issue with the shower not working but Riki was quick to fix it and then we had glorious piping hot water for the whole trip.
Riki was quick to answer any questions and was courteous in his responses. Anything you needed Riki was quick to respond to including changing towels etc.
For the location its great value for a group of friends but price is offset by the rustic nature of the place.
Things to be aware of:
The house is all open, including the bathrooms, which are partitioned off and have a curtain across the door. The partition doesn't go up to the ceiling so you can hear everything.....
The upstairs has two bedrooms but again they just have a partition which doesn't reach to the ceiling and have no doors so not the best for couples but fine for groups of friends. The downstairs is all open.
As noted on other reviews Casa Jaguar is next door which has an EXTREMELY loud rave until gone 3am on Thursday (and pretty regularly during Christmas and New Year) We were well warned by other reviewers so bought air plugs, we advise the same as its incredibly loud and the house is open (no glass in windows etc). In addition hotel Akiim (across the road) has the area's largest rave on NYE until 8am......if you are a family or not night owls this really isn't the house for you.
The kitchen upstairs is nice but the downstairs needs work and we personally didn't feel comfortable cooking down there as it was hard to keep bugs under bay as the mosquito net on the window was loose.
There was a mosquito net missing from one of the beds (we bought our own so not an issue) and the mosquito nets in general could use a good wash. The bedding was clean but could do with updating to make the apartment nicer. The floor downstairs is impossible to clean (I tried) so sand is a constant feature. Being an eco-house there is a lot of bugs (including scorpions) so if roughing it isn't your scene this isn't the house for you.
We had a great time but wouldn't stay again as we would prefer a few more creature comforts (and a few less creatures) that being said Riki's description of the place is fair and he was a great host.
I rented the entire house for a week with 6 of my friends. The location is great! We felt like we were camping, which I thought was fun. The weather was very nice so there was no need to worry about not having AC. The showers are not 100% but we didn't care.. you are at the beach! The one suggestion I would give to people is to bring earplugs.. Casa Jaguar throws a Thursday night rave once a week which kept me up all night. There are also guys who drive around on bikes at 6am ringing bells in order to sell bread. All-in-all, no matter where you stay in Tulum you are sure to have a blast!
I did not use the place
Casa Mui Doida is located right in the middle of Tulum's oceanside strip, exactly where you want to be when you visit this incredible seaside escape. The upstairs area of the house is incredibly charming, with three beds and a cool deck outside. Would be good for a family to rent out, but the beds aren't separated by walls so a big group of couple-friends might be a bit cramped if privacy is a concern. A few caveats: the electricity was undependable, often turning off in the middle of the night when A/C and fans are needed. The wifi was also shaky at best (but who needs wifi when you're in the middle of paradise?), and massive cockroaches (1-3 inches long) abound in the bathroom. Next door at Casa Jaguar, Thursday is loud-music night, so bring ear plugs.
We were 9 in this wonderful house. I really appreciated the easy communication I had with Riki before we got there. however, we've had some disappointments.
1: The key was not were it was supposed to be
2: The lights didn't work down stairs
(Paul was very quick to fix all of it and it was well appreciated)
3: It was raining outside and the roof was licking a lot from a few spots.
4: There was two beds down stairs with no mosquito net and my friends ended up sleeping 4 in the only bed covered to escape de flying cockroaches coming from everywhere.
5: The shower is very week
6: The power is intermittent
I personally found this place beautiful and well situated and I love the fact that it is ecological. Everything is a delight for the eyes, I loved the vibe and I slept very well on the second floor. However, there is definitely some work to do.
A great time in an unusual house. The Flat is beautiful , full of space and very enjoyable . Paul was ready to help or inform and the beach at only two minutes walk . A good place where you can live on your own without depending on surrounding restaurants all the time . For a family like mine , this was perfect .
We loved staying at Casa Mui Doida! The house is spacious, the design is modern, and provides a very relaxing and friendly atmosphere. If available, chose the upstairs apartment , it has more personality.The location is perfect. We think the beach is the most beautiful among all surrounding beaches on the strip the house is located at. The beach is a minute away through Akiim hotel across the street, and everything(bars, restaurants, small shops) you need is in walking distance. Do not even consider staying downtown, you will miss out on the anytime possibility of walking on one of the most beautiful beaches you have ever seen:) The hosts are polite and attentive. When we needed help with the power, Paul came right away to assist us at night. We would do it again!